Letters to the Editor: Veterans deserve more than one day

Long has the day passed when serving our country is seen as honorable and worthy, at least to a large portion of the younger generations.

We all know the stories of the battles fought, we’ve seen the famous wartime photos and we’ve watched the Hollywood movies.
But seeing something in a movie or on TV cannot give total understanding.

Today my thoughts are focused not so much on the “action” of war, but on the life of the soldier afterward. These individuals are plucked from a simplistic life at the height of their youth and thrust into the mouth of hell for something we all take for granted, freedom.

I ponder how hard it must be for these brave souls to have fought the battles they’ve fought and witness tragedies. But how often does anyone think about how difficult it must be coming home afterward?

War puts the world into perspective. Life will never be the same.

What I would like is to honor those past and present who served and are serving this great nation — not just on the Fourth of July, or Veteran’s Day, or Memorial Day, but every day. Every time we take a trip and travel freely from state to state. Every time we express our opinions about this country, whether positively or negatively. Every time we worship how and where we want to worship. Every time we watch, read, and listen to what we desire as individuals.

Remember the soldiers. Remember them for what they did during war and respect them for trying to live a normal life afterward. They are heroes.

Honor the veterans not just for the battles they fought, but for the daily battle they face in life after experiencing such horrors in war. We owe them our freedom.

Jennifer Diane Brandon

Unprogrammed traffic lights aren’t doing any good

I am curious if the new stop lights at Manana Boulevard and Thornton Street that were installed several months ago are going to be programmed or if they are going to continue to flash yellow and red forever.

The construction alone for these lights took several months during the winter, causing detours and inconveniences. Now, traffic backs up in the east/west directions while north/south continues. I have been witness to many a driver who becomes impatient at this new light, and takes it upon themselves to proceed from a stop even with oncoming traffic. It is only a matter of time before there will be an accident at this location.

Surely we have the resources needed to get these programmed.

Danny Duran

Jerry Falwell’s legacy will live on through many

A great man of God went home to be with his Lord on May 16. Jerry Falwell’s life and influence will live on in the Thomas Road Baptist Church, which is one of the largest Baptist churches in America.

They recently moved into a 7,000-seat auditorium. The church will probably be pastored by his son, Jerry Falwell Jr.

His influence will also live on in the many young preachers who have graduated and are training at the Liberty University of 10,000 students. The church and university were founded by Jerry Falwell. He had already celebrated his 50th anniversary as pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church.

His son, Jonathan, is a lawyer and is helping to train godly conservative lawyers at the Liberty University.

Only eternity will reveal the impact that Jerry Falwell had on the thousands of lives his ministry touched by television, Liberty University, and the church he founded.

The voice of Jerry Falwell will no longer be heard, but no man loved God, country and righteousness more than Jerry Falwell.

Yes, Jerry Falwell is dead, but don’t count on his influence and legacy dying any time soon.

Stan White